Mongul: Wikis


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Mongul in a page from Green Lantern Secret Files and Origins 2005. Pencils by Dave Gibbons and inks by Peter Steigerwald.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance (I) DC Comics Presents #27 (Nov. 1980)
(II) Showcase '95 #8
(Sep. 1995)
Created by (I) Len Wein
Jim Starlin
(II) Jeph Loeb
In-story information
Team affiliations (II) Suicide Squad
(II) Sinestro Corps
Notable aliases (I) Lord of the Warworld
Abilities (All versions)
Superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina and durability,
Energy Projection
(Mongul II)
Yellow Qwardian Power Ring

Ability to create dimensional pockets of warped reality.

Mongul is the name of two fictional characters that appear in comic books published by DC Comics. The original Mongul first appeared in DC Comics Presents #27 (November 1980), and was created by Jim Starlin and Len Wein. The second Mongul, the son of the first, first appeared in Showcase '95 #8 and was created by Jeph Loeb.

In 2009, Mongul was ranked as IGN's 41st Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.[1]


Fictional character biography



Mongul was originally the tyrannical ruler of his own alien race. He was eventually deposed by a revolution led by an ancient mystic known as the Arkymandryte, Mongul fled the theocratic coup with a small trusted crew and swore that he would reconquer his subjects. To this end, he sought the most powerful weapon in the Universe: the artificial planet, Warworld. To activate it, however, he needs a "key" device, which is under the care of the Martian Manhunter. Mongul kidnapped three of Superman's friends (Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and Steve Lombard) to force the hero to get the key for him. Superman fought against and defeated the Manhunter and obtained the key. In the subsequent scuffle, the Manhunter rescued Superman's friends, but Mongul escaped with the key. Mongul activated Warworld and linked his mind directly to its controls. Warworld was attacked by Superman and Supergirl and Mongul used its superweapons against them. Almost too late, he realized that the controls' drain on his brain was too strong; however, he managed to escape just before the heroes destroyed Warworld.

Some time later, Mongul again tried to steal a superweapon; this time, it was a planet-destroying ray machine used by the empress of another galaxy to blackmail its citizens into obedience. It was controlled by the empress' crown. In a plot to obtain the crown, Mongul killed the empress, captured her brother, the alien superhero Starman and threatened to kill him unless Starman's lover gave him the crown. He got the crown, but was attacked again by Superman; this proved to be a diversion while Starman destroyed the weapon. Again, Mongul escaped.

Desiring revenge on Superman, Mongul steals a Sun-Eater from the Controller who kept it and tried to use it to devour the Earth's solar system. With help from the Legion of Super-Heroes, the Sun-Eater was destroyed (and Superman was finally able to defeat Mongul in hand-to-hand combat).

Mongul is probably best known for his villainous part in Alan Moore's story "For the Man Who Has Everything," which appeared in Superman Annual #11.


After DC Comics decided to reboot their Universe (see Crisis on Infinite Earths), the original Mongul stories were no longer valid (with the exception of For The Man Who Has Everything). Mongul was reintroduced as already having obtained Warworld and having used it to create his own space empire. He entertained the empire's citizens with gladiatorial games; the champion was an alien warrior called Draaga. Mongul captured Superman for use in the games, but the hero ended up joining forces with Draaga and making Mongul flee. Mongul was then persuaded via torture to serve the Cyborg Superman in order to gain vengeance on Superman and to try to turn the Earth into another Warworld. In the process, Green Lantern Hal Jordan's home, Coast City, was destroyed, which led to Jordan joining Superman and his allies to defeat Mongul (see The Death of Superman). After his defeat, Mongul was imprisoned in a jail for intergalactic criminals, only to break out during a riot. His first target was Green Lantern; he found out that the one whom he faced (Kyle Rayner), was not the one he fought earlier. He was defeated when Kyle's ring showed no weakness to yellow, something that even shocked the aiding Superman. Following his defeat, he was re-imprisoned.

Mongul breaks out of the Lunar penal colony he was in, killing everyone there including prisoners who are left to die in the vacuum of space. His ship is almost wrecked and he is near death; he is teleported to a planet and saved. In return, he takes over the planet. The inhabitants prefer dying due to a virus than to living under his tyranny and he ends up being left alone until he ends up finding two babies immune to the virus (Showcase 95 #7-8, reprinted in DC Universe Special Superman #1). Mongul is later defeated on Earth by the Flash when Mongul tries to unearth a starship left from one the Darkstars' enemies underneath Keystone City. The Flash easily defeats Mongul. The Flash seemingly uses Mongul to test his new upgraded powers and during the battle, Wally is only hit one time by the giant hulking Mongul. Flash then uses his super speed to quickly confuse and defeat Mongul and has him imprisoned in the Slab, a prison for supervillains (Flash #102, reprinted in DC Universe Special Superman #1).

During the Underworld Unleashed storyline, the Demon Lord Neron began offering supervillains enhanced power in exchange for their souls, all by lighting a candle. Mongul was one of those offered the deal, but his pride caused him to decline the offer and threaten Neron. In response, Neron easily beat Mongul to death for his defiance, taking his soul in the process.

Son of Mongul

Mongul's son, also named Mongul, appears to assist and train Superman, in preparation for the arrival of Imperiex. This Mongul seems to be more powerful than his father. He appears to have been killed later in the Our Worlds at War crossover, but returns during Infinite Crisis after learning from Despero that the Justice League has apparently been destroyed. His intention is to loot their Watchtower headquarters but he ends up fighting Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. He is almost killed by Wonder Woman before escaping via a working teleporter.[2] The teleportation transports him to Earth, to menace Hal Jordan, the newly-returned Green Lantern, by using the Black Mercy on him and Green Arrow.[3] In the meantime, he seeks his sister, Mongal, to settle family squabbles. The heroes break free and use a teleporter to transport Mongul and Mongal to their home planet (named Arkymandryte port-crisis). Stating family to be a weakness, Mongul decapitates Mongal with a single blow to her head.[4]

Mongul's origins depicts him as a child who wanted to be like his father. He made journeys and he watched digital renderings where his father fought against Superman and his allies and the destruction of Coast City. He copies his father's actions when he encounters a group of aliens whose spaceship crashes on Arkymandryte, turning them into his slaves. Mongul's father returns, and discovering his son's slaves, he kills the aliens and tells him only one being on the planet is worthy of adoration.[5] Mongul receives a Yellow power ring after breaking a dying Sinestro Corps member's neck[6] (a later promotional image shows Mongul with the Yellow ring as well a Green Lantern Corps ring.[7] Mongul offers the Sinestro Corps inductees a choice: to serve him or die. He removes the ring from each one who refuses, and at the moment has gained an extra five rings. He then attacks Arisia and Sodam Yat with Black Mercy plants, and takes them prisoner.[8][9] He uses his ring to send thousands of Black Mercy seeds, which he had genetically engineered to bring the victims greatest fears to life, instead of their dreams, to several unsuspecting planets. In a confrontation with several members of the Green Lantern Corps, Mongul is defeated when the fly-like Lantern Bzzd flies through his eye, and he is thrown down to the Black Mercy's planet. He is last seen buried in soil, being used as food by the Black Mercys.[10][11] However, he soon breaks free and escapes the planet, while keeping his rings and his right arm. His left arm had been severed in the process, but, through the power of his rings, Mongul is able to control and direct it.[12] He attacks a nearby ship to get food for himself, killing the husband of the pilot. This inadvertently causes the woman to become the first recruit of the Star Sapphires, the violet Power Ring having been drawn to her by the void in her heart created by her loss.[13] Mongul uses his left arm to invade the planet Daxam and establish it as the new homeworld for his faction of the Sinestro Corps under his command.[14] However, he is challenged for the leadership by Arkillo.[15] Defeating him in single combat, Mongul pulls out Arkillo's tongue and wears it as a necklace. In the process, he gains the loyalty of the faction of the Sinestro Corps loyal to Arkillo and complete rule over the planet Daxam, but draws on himself the attentions of Arisia and Sodam Yat, the Daxamite host for the Ion Entity. Upon the arrival of Arisia and Yat, several members of the Sinestro Corps are swiftly defeated and killed by Yat until his Superman-like powers fade under Daxam's red sun. Despite his power loss and Mongul's incredible strength, Yat does battle with him, using the Ion power to briefly launch Mongul into space, before entering Daxam's sun and transforming it from red to yellow, granting all Daxamite's superpowers.[16][17] The Daxamite overwhelming attacks forces Mongul to have the Sinestro Corps abandon Daxam, with the despot planning to make a different planet their home base.[18][19]

Sinestro regains his Corps, Green Lantern Vol. 4 #46. Art by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy.

Mongul takes the Sinestro Corps to Korugar, Sinestro's homeworld, having the inhabitants strung up along the streets. He also decides to rename the Sinestro Corps as "The Mongul Corps", after himself.[20] Soon after, Sinestro is brought to Korugar and confronts Mongul. Then, using an override built into Mongul's rings, Sinestro defeats him, thus reclaiming the Sinestro Corps. Then, he imprisons Mongul in the Corps' central power battery .[21]

Powers and abilities

Mongul possesses extraordinary superhuman physical attributes. He demonstrated that he had equal or greater strength than Silver Age Superman himself. In addition, he was invulnerable to nearly all forms of physical harm. He also demonstarted the ability to fire powerful energy from both his eyes and his hands. He also has access to technology which can create dimensional-inversion cubes, designed to prevent escape by warping their interior reality and absorbing any power used against them from within. He also possessed technology or the limited capacity for telepathy, teleportation, and has access to transportation that can cross even interplanetary distances.

After the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Mongul still possessed enhanced endurance and strength. Mongul II, his progeny, demonstrated his strength to be as great as, or more powerful than, that of his father, as he held his own against Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman in Infinite Crisis # 1 and killed his own sister with one blow in Green Lantern #9. Both incarnations of Mongul were also wielded a highly powerful energy cannon in their chests.

Mongul often uses a parasitic fictional plant-based life-form called the "Black Mercy" as a sort of weapon. This parasite has the ability to totally immerse a victim in a fantasy world. It does so simply by wrapping itself around the victim. These parasites also feed off their victims' life force demonstrating an unusual amount of durability at times; when on a victim like Superman, they appear to be nearly indestructible.

During the aftermath of the Sinestro Corps War, Mongul II obtained a Yellow Qwardian Power Ring and as such acquired all the powers that come with wielding such a weapon. He went on to kill at least 5 other Sinestro Corps members, and was seen wearing eight large rings (six for his fingers, two for his thumbs). With these, he has been able to create several complex constructs, including a series of chains and collars for his slave chamber. Sinestro has now reclaimed the yellow rings, and imprisoned Mongul in the Central Power Battery of the Sinestro Corps.

In other media

Inter-company Crossovers

  • In the limited series JLA/Avengers, Mongul has a brief scene in the story where Green Lantern witnesses him being attacked by the Marvel Comics aliens known as the Brood.


  • In the Justice League animated series, Mongul first appears in the episode "War World" voiced by Eric Roberts. He is the ruler of War World and sends Superman to the gladiator pits of his domain. However, he is defeated and disappears.
    • In the Justice League Unlimited episode "For the Man Who Has Everything" (which is an adaptation of the comic story of the same name), Mongul tricked Superman by sending him an alien parasite (a Black Mercy Plant) disguised as a birthday present. The Black Mercy trapped Superman in a coma, while making him live an imaginary life in his mind, a life in which Krypton had never exploded, he had grown to adulthood there and was now leading a happy family life with his wife Loana (mixing elements of both Lois Lane and Lana Lang) and son Van-El. With help from Batman and Wonder Woman (who had also come to give him birthday presents), Superman escaped the trance, with the illusionary Krypton exploding, much as it did in the real world. Extremely angry, Superman brutally beat Mongul and Wonder Woman trapped Mongul with his own parasite. The viewers never see the fantasy Mongul has when he is trapped, but there is a brief moment where screams of agony and sounds of war can be heard, while Mongul, though mauled by Superman's attacks, gives a small smirk of satisfaction.
  • Mongul appeared in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Duel of the Double-Crossers" voiced by Gary Anthony Williams. This version of Mongul is Mongul, Jr. and his sister Mongal was his second-in command. He used his technology to bring Jonah Hex from the past to War World, saving his life in the process, and promised to return him to the past if he could bring him Batman. He is very similar to Darkseid in this incarnation, with his sister having the same voice as Granny Goodness, even using her Furies. He appears in "Death Race to Oblivion" as the main villain, forcing heroes and villains to race for the survival of Earth.


  • Mongul is one of the villains in the Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated film voiced by Bruce Timm. Here he is out to get the bounty that Lex Luthor put out on Superman, though his actions are not his own as he is being controlled mentally by Gorilla Grodd.

Video games

  • Mongul appears in the Superman Returns video game voiced by Todd Williams. He appears as one of the major villains of the story. The evil tyrant intercepts Kal-El as he returns to Earth from his voyage to Krypton. He forces Superman to compete in gladiatorial combat in Warworld. After the Kryptonian defeats all of his minions Mongul himself steps into the arena and a massive battle ensues, which ends with Superman overpowering the warlord and leaving his battered body in the gladiator's pit. Mongul swears revenge and later in the game travels to Metropolis for a rematch. He attempts to destroy the city but Superman once again bests him, and Mongul flees from Earth.

See also


  1. ^ Mongul is number 41 , IGN.
  2. ^ Infinite Crisis #1
  3. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #7
  4. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #8
  5. ^ Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1
  6. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #19
  7. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #20
  8. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #23
  9. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #24
  10. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #25
  11. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #26
  12. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #27
  13. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #29
  14. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #31
  15. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #33
  16. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #34
  17. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #36
  18. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #37
  19. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #38
  20. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #39
  21. ^ Green Lantern (Vol. 4) #46

Superman/Batman Public Enemies. Warner Premiere.

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